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[Document 31 — 1963.



CITY OF BOSTON

MUNICIPAL REGISTER
FOR 1963

CONTAINING

A REGISTER OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT, CITY
CHARTER OF 1909, AS AMENDED BY STATUTE
1948, CHAPTER 452, AND STATUTE 1951, CHAP-
TER 376, INCLUDING SUBSEQUENT CHANGES,

TTITH

LISTS OF EXECUTIVE AND OTHER PUBLIC OFFICERS,

AND

MEMBERSHIP OF FORMER CITY GOVERNMENTS.

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UNDER THE DIRECTION

OF

THE COMMITTEE ON RULES

OF

THE CITY COUNCIL



CITY OF BOSTON

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

PRINTING SECTION

1963



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BOSTON

MUNICIPAL REGISTER

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SEAL OF THE CITY

OF

BOSTON



BOSTON CITY MESSENGER
JAN 13 1964




THE CITY SEAL
As it appeared prior to 1827

The City Seal was adopted by "An Ordinance to
Establish the City Seal," passed January 2, 1823, which
provides "That the design hereto annexed, as sketched
by John R. Penniman, giving a view of the City, be the
device of the City Seal; that the motto be as follows,
to wit: 'Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis'; and that the
inscription be as follows: — 'Bostonia condita, A.D.
1630. Civitatis regimine donata, A.D. 1822,' " The
motto is taken from 1 Kings, viii, 57: "God be with
us as He was with our fathers."

The seal as it first appeared is shown above.

The seal as it was afterwards changed, and has ever
since continued to be used, was first shown on page 221
of the volume of laws and ordinances, commonly known
as the "First Revision," published in 1827, and is
established as the City Seal at the present time by
Revised Ordinances of 1914, Chapter 1, Section 5,
which provides that "The seal of the City shall be
circular in form; shall bear a view of the City; the
motto 'SicuT Patribus Sit Deus Nobis,' and the
inscription, 'Bostonia Condita, A.D. 1630. Civitatis
Regimine Donata A. D. 1822,' as herewith shown."

The seal as changed in 1827 is shown on the opposite
page.



MUNICIPAL REGISTER

ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF BOSTON



The Royal Patent incorporating the Governor and
Company of Massachusetts Bay in New England passed
the seals March * 4, 1628-29. At a General Court, or
Meeting of the Company, on August * 29 of that year it
was voted "that the Government and patent should be
settled in New England." To that end Governor Win-
throp led the Puritan Exodus in 1630. Soon after his
arrival at Salem on June * 12, 1930, he proceeded with a
large following to Charlestown, where a plantation had
been established the summer before. The Assistants
held three Courts at Charlestown in the interval, August
* 23 to September * 28, inclusive. At their meeting
on September * 7, they "ordered that Trimountaine
shall be called Boston; Mattapan, Dorchester; and the
towne upon Charles River, Waterton." Thus Shawmut
of the Indians was named Boston, probably out of grati-
tude to the Merchants of Boston in Lincolnshire, who
had subscribed generously to the stock of the Company.

In the latter part of August, Governor Winthrop
with the patent chose Boston as his abiding place.
The first "Court" held in Boston was a "General Court"
on October * 19, "for establishing of the government."
On October * 3, 1632, Boston was formally declared
to be "the fittest place for publique meetings of any
place in the Bay."

Boston was the first town in Massachusetts to become
a city. It was incorporated February 23, 1822, by
St. 1821, c. 110, adopted by the voters March 4, 1822.
This act was revised by St. 1854, c. 448; amended by
St. 1885, c. 266, again by St. 1909, c. 486, and again by
St. 1948, c. 452 as amended by St. 1951, c. 376.

The neck of land called Boston, still called Boston
Proper, contained perhaps 700 acres of land, judging
from the 783 acres shown by the official survey of 1794.
(In the interval 1630-37, Boston acquired jurisdiction
over most of the territory now included in Chelsea,
Winthrop, Revere, East Boston, Brookline, Quincy,
Braintree, Randolph and Holbrook, besides certain
islands in the harbor.) From 1637 till May 13, 1640,

* Old Style



ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF BOSTON 5

when ''Mount Woollaston" was set off as Braintree,
Boston exercised jurisdiction over a territory of at least
40,000 acres. Within its present limits there are 30,598
acres, including flats and water.

Since 1640, grants of land have been made to Boston
by the General Court as follows: (1) October * 16, 1660,
1,000 acres "for the use of a free schoole, layd out in
the wildernesse or North of the Merimake River" (in
Haverhill), in 1664. (2) June * 27, 1735, in abatement
of Province Tax, three townships, each six miles square,
or 69,120 acres in all. These townships later became
the Towns of Charlemont, Colrain, and Pittsfield.
Boston sold its interest in them on June * 30, 1737, for
£3,660. (3) June 26, 1794, a township of land in
Maine (23,040 acres) "to build a public hospital." This
tract was sold by the City April 6, 1833, for $4,200.

Muddy River was set off as the Town of Brookline
on November * 13, 1705, and Rumney Marsh was set
off as the Town of Chelsea January * 8, 1739.

The principal annexations of territory included within
the present limits of the City of Boston have been made
as follows :

(1) Noddle's Island by order of Court of Assistants, March
*9, 1636-37. (2) South Boston set off from Dorchester March
6, 1804, by St. 1803, c. HI. (3) Washington Village set off
from Dorchester May 21, 1855, by St. 1855, c. 468. (4) Rox-
bury January 6, 1868, by St. 1867, c. 359, accepted September
9, 1867. Roxbury received its name by order of the Court of
Assistants October * 8, 1630. It was incorporated as a city
March 12, 1846, by St. 1846, c. 95, accepted March 25, 1846.
(5) Dorchester January 3, 1870, by St. 1869, c. 349, accepted
June 22, 1869. It received its name September * 7, 1630, by
order of the Court of Assistants. (6) Brighton January 5, 1874,
by St. 1873, c. 303, accepted October 7, 1873. Set off from
Cambridge as the Town of Brighton February 24, 1807, by St.
1806, c. 65. (7) Charlestown January 5, 1874, by St. 1873, c.
286, accepted October 7, 1873. Settled July * 4, 1629. It was
incorporated a City February 22, 1847, by St. 1847, c. 29,
accepted March 10, 1847. (8) West Roxbury January 5, 1874,
by St. 1873, c. 314, accepted October 7, 1873. It was set off
from Roxbury and incorporated a Town May 24, 1851, by St.
1851, c. 250. (9) Hyde Park January 1, 1912, by St. 1911, c.
469, and 583, accepted November 7, 1911. Incorporated a
Town April 22, 1868.

* Old Style



CITY OF BOSTON

IN CITY COUNCIL

Ordered, — That the City Clerk be authorized, under
the direction of the Committee on Rules, to prepare
and have printed the "Municipal Register" for the current
year; and that the Clerk of Committees be authorized
to prepare and have printed a pocket edition of the
"Organization of the City Government"; the expense of
said register and organization to be charged to the
appropriation for City Documents.

In City Council January 21, 1963. Passed.

Approved by the Mayor January 23, 1963.

Attest :

J. M. DUNLEA,

City Clerk.





MAYOR OF BOSTON




PRESIDENT BOSTON CITY COUNCIL





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JAMES S. COFFEY



WILLIAM J. FOLEY, JR.



PETER F. MINES



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CHRISTOPHER A. lANNELLA



JOHN E. KERRIGAN



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THOMAS A. SULLIVAN




JOHN J. TIERNEY, JR.



[Document 31 — 1963.]

CITY OF BOSTON

MUNICIPAL REGISTER
FOR 1963

CONTAINING

A REGISTER OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT, CITY
CHARTER OF 1909, AS AMENDED BY STATUTE
1948, CHAPTER 452, AND STATUTE 1951, CHAP-
TER 376, INCLUDING SUBSEQUENT CHANGES,

TVITH

LISTS OF EXECUTIVE AND OTHER PUBLIC OFFICERS,

AND

MEMBERSHIP OF FORMER CITY GOVERNMENTS.



COMPILED AND EDITED BY THE CITY CLERK

UNDER THE DIRECTION

OF

THE COMMITTEE ON RULES

OF

THE CITY COUNCIL



CITY OF BOSTON

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

PRINTING SECTION

1963



MUNICIPAL REGISTER



Contents



Page

Introduction 9, 10

The City Government, 1963 11

Officers of the City Council 12

Committees of the City Council 13

Amended City Charter of 1909 (with Plan A charter) . . . 14-41

Officials in charge of executive departments, term, etc. . . 43-45

Notes of executive departments, lists of officials, term, etc. . 47-105

Various City, County and State officials, term, etc. . . . 107-109
Various departments, commissions, courts, etc., lists of officials,

term, etc 110-143

Members of City Government, 1909-1963 145-158

Mayors of Boston, 1822-1963 159, 160

Chairmen of the Board of Aldermen, 1855-1909 .... 160, 161

Presidents of the Common CouncU, 1822-1909 .... 161, 162

Presidents of the City Council, 1910-1963 163

Orators of Boston, 1771-1963 164, 165

Index 166-172



INTRODUCTION



INTRODUCTION



As a public document The Municipal Register is
as old as the City of Boston itself, the first volume
having been published in 1821, a year before the govern-
ment of Boston changed from Town to City. Up to

1940 the title of the volume was: The Rules and Orders
of the Common Council. From 1821 to 1829 the docu-
ment contained merely a register of the City Council
and a list of the officers.

In 1829 the City Charter was published as a part of
the volume, and in 1830 the Acts relating to Boston,
also the ordinances, were added. In 1832 the size of
the volume was increased by the addition of an index
to the contents. The volume published in 1822 con-
tained fifteen pages and for the year 1840 there were
eighty-eight pages, including three pages of index.

The title The Municipal Register was adopted in

1941 when the publication became more ambitious,
incorporating in its pages the Rules and Orders of the
Common Council, joint rules, ordinances of the City,
statutes of the Commonwealth relating to the City, a
list of the public schools, the City Government of 1841,
the committees and departments (consisting at that
time of the treasury, law, police, health, public land
and buildings, lamps and bridges, fire, and public
charitable institutions), and a list of the ward officers.

From 1842 to 1864 it also contained a list of the
members of preceding City Governments, a necrological
record of those members, the latest ordinances and the
special statutes relating to the City. In 1851 a list of
the annual orators was added, and in 1853 a map of



10 MUNICIPAL REGISTEE

the City and the Rules of the Board of Aldermen. In
1876, statistics of registration and voting were included,
carried from 1879 to 1924 in tabulated form.

From 1889 to 1896, inclusive, The Municipal
Register also continued a compilation of the Charter
with the revision of 1854 and the amendments of 1885
and thereafter. The Amended Charter of 1909 (15
pages) was added in 1910, and the various changes
since that year have been indicated by footnotes.

In 1924 the important amendments to the Charter
enacted in that year (10 pages) were included.

The 1925 volume contained, as the latest addition,
descriptions of the ward boundaries as fixed for the 22
new wards (formerly 26) in December, 1924.

This volume contains the City Charter as amended
by Stat. 1948, Chap. 452, and Stat. 1951, Chap. 376,
commonly known as Plan A, including subsequent
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CITY GOVERNMENT 11

GOVERNMENT

OF THE

CITY OF BOSTON
1963



JOHN F. COLLINS, Mayor

Residence,
20 Myrtle Street, Jamaica Plain



BOSTON CITY COUNCIL, 1963

[Stat. 1948, Chap. 452; Stat. 1951, Chap. 376; Stat. 1952, Chap. 190.]

PETER r. HINES, President

James S. Coffey
24 White Street, East Boston

William J. Foley, Jr.
15 Thomas Park, South Boston

Peter F. Hines
235 Independence Drive, West Roxbury

Christopher A. Iannella
14 Jaeger Terrace, West Roxbury

John E. Kerrigan
213 West Eighth Street, South Boston

Patrick F. McDonough
11 Barrington Road, Dorchester

Gabriel F. Piemonte
65 Brook Farm Road, West Roxbury

Thomas A. Sullivan
64 Linden Street, Dorchester

John J. Tierney, Jr.
32 Melville Avenue, Dorchester

Regular meetings in Council Chamber, City Hall,
fourth floor, Mondays, at 2 p.m.



12 MUNICIPAL REGISTER

OFFICERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

CLERK

Joseph M. Dunlea

ASSISTANT CLERK

Frederic J. O'Donnell

CLERK OF COMMITTEES

Office, City Hall, Room 42, fourth floor

Robert E. Green

The Clerk of Committees acts as the clerk of all committees of the City
Council, keeps the records of their meetings, and has charge of the City
Hall Reference Library.

ASSISTANT CLERKS OF COMMITTEES

Francis W. Leavey John L. Maloney

The Assistant Clerks of Committees assist the Clerk of Committees
in the performance of his duties, and they act also as Secretaries to the
City Council.

CITY MESSENGER

Office, City Hall, Room 41, fourth floor

William J. O'Donnell

The City Messenger attends all meetings of the City CouncU and
committees thereof, keeps the accounts of the expenditures from the city
council appropriations, and has the care and distribution of all documents
printed for the use of the City Council, also the regular department reports.

ASSISTANT CITY MESSENGER

Francis X. Joyce

The Assistant City Messenger performs the duties of the City Messenger
in the latter's absence or in case of vacancy of his position.

CHAPLAIN

Rt. Rev. Christopher P. Griffin

LIBRARIAN-ARCHIVIST

Joseph J. Brogna

DOCUMENT CLERK

Nicholas J. DiMella

OFFICIAL REPORTER OF PROCEEDINGS

Elvira Johnson




JOSEPH M. DUNLEA
City Clerk



OFFICERS

OF THE

CITY COUNCIL




ROBERT E. GREEN

Clerk of Comnnittees





WILLIAM J, O'DONNELL
City Messenger



CITY COUNCIL 13

STANDING COMMITTEES OF CITY
COUNCIL

1963



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

All the members, Councillor lannella, Chairman, Councillor Sullivan,

Vice-Chairman.



On the following committees the first-named member is Chairman,,
second-named Vice Chairman.

Appropriations and Finance: All the members, Councillor Sullivan,
Chairman, Councillor Piemonte, V ice-Chairman.

Claims: Councillors McDonough, Tierney, Piemonte, Coffey, lannella.

Confirmations: Councillors lannella, Tierney, Sullivan, Coffey, Ker-
rigan.

Hospitals: Councillors Tierney, Sullivan, Piemonte, Foley, Coffey.

Inspection of Prisons: Councillors Piemonte, Coffey,Foley, Tierney,
McDonough.

Legislative Matters: Councillors Sullivan, Kerrigan, Piemonte,
Tierney, Foley.

Licenses: Councillors Coffey, Kerrigan, Foley, Tierney, lannella.

Ordinances: Councillors lannella, Sullivan, Coffey, Kerrigan, Tierney.

Public Housing: Councillors Sullivan, Folej^, McDonough, Piemonte,
lannella.

Public Lands: Councillors Foley, lannella, Sullivan, Kerrigan, Coffey.

Public Services and Recreation : Councillors Tierney, McDonough,

Kerrigan, Foley, Piemonte.

Rules: Councillors Kerrigan, Coffey, Sullivan, lannella, Tierney.

Urban Redevelopment, Rehabilitation and Renewal: All the
members. Councillor McDonough, Chairman, Councillor Sullivan, Vice-
chairman.



14 MUNICIPAL REGISTER



CURRENTLY OPERATIVE PROVISIONS

OF
CHAPTER 452 OF THE ACTS OF 1948

AS AMENDED BY

CHAPTER 376 OF THE ACTS OF 1951,

INCLUDING SUBSEQUENT CHANGES

General Provisions

Section 1. The following words as used in this act shall, unless the
context otherwise requires, have the following meanings:

"City", the city of Boston.

"Board of election commissioners", the board of election commissionera
of the city of Boston.

"Regular municipal election", the biennial election held for electing
officers of the city as provided in this act.

"Preliminary election", the election held for the purpose of nominating
candidates whose names shall appear on the official ballot at a municipal
election.

"Proportional representation", any proportional representation method
of election authorized by chapter fifty-four A of the General Laws.

"Present form of city government", the form of city government in
effect in the city when it first adopts one of the three optional plans of
government provided in this act.

Sect. 2. The city, in the manner hereinafter prescribed, may adopt
from time to time at any regular municipal election any one of the optional
plans of government provided in this act and shall thereafter be governed
by the provisions of the plan so adopted until said provisions are super-
seded by the adoption of another plan under this act. The inhabitants of
the city shall continue to be a municipal corporation under the name
existing at the time of the adoption of any plan provided in this act, and
shall have, exercise and enjoy all the rights, immunities, powers and
privileges, and be subject to all the duties, liabilities and obligations
provided for in this act, or otherwise pertaining to or incumbent upon
said city as a municipal corporation.

None of the legislative powers of the city shall be abridged or impaired
by this act; but all such legislative powers shall be possessed and exercised
by such body as shall be the legislative body of the city under this act.

Whenever one of the plans provided for in this act shall be adopted, all
ordinances, resolutions, orders or other regulations of the city or of any
authorized body or official thereof, existing at the time when the city



CITY CHARTER WITH AMENDMENTS 15

adopts such plan, and not inconsistent with the provisions of the plan
adopted, shall continue in full force and effect until repealed, modified,
suspended or superseded, and all acts and parts of acts relating to the
city, so far as inconsistent with the plan adopted shall be inoperative.

*************

Sect. 6. Whenever one of the plans provided in this act shall be adopted,
it shall continue in force for period of at least four years from the be-
ginning of the terms of ofiice of the officials elected thereunder; and no
petition proposing another of said plans shall be filed until after three
years from the beginning of said tei*ms of ofiice.

*************

Sect. 8. Whenever one of the plans provided in this act shall be adopt ed
the terms of ofiice of all elective officers in office, and the position of city
manager if there be one, shall terminate at ten o'clock in the forenoon
on the first Monday of January following the first municipal election
held in accordance with the provisions of the plan so adopted.

Sect. 9. Whenever one of the plans provided in this act shall be adopted,
the fiscal year of the city shall begin on January first and shall end on
December thirty-first next following; and the municipal year thereof shall
begin on the first Monday in January and shall continue until the first
Monday of the January next following.

Plan A. Government by Mayor, City Council, and School Com-
mittee, Elected at Large with Preliminary Elections
{Plan A was adopted by the voters of the City of Boston at the Municipal

Election held November 8, 1949, Yes, 146,162, No, 73,882.)

Sect. 10. The form of government provided in sections eleven to twenty,
inclusive, and the method of nominating and electing officials thereunder
provided in sections fifty- three to sixty -five, inclusive, shall constitute and
be known as Plan A under this act. When Plan A is adopted, said sec-
tions eleven to twenty, inclusive, and fifty-three to sixty-five, inclusive,
shall become and be operative, subject to the provisions of section four.

Sect. 11. There shall be in the city a mayor who shall be the chief
executive officer of the city, a city council of nine members which shall
be the legislative body of the city, and a school committee of five mem-
bers which shall have the powers and duties conferred and imposed by
law.

Sect. 11 A. Every person elected mayor and every person elected or
chosen city councillor or school committeeman shall, before entering upon
the duties of his office, take, and subscribe in a book to be kept by the
city clerk for the purpose, the oath of allegiance and oath of office pre-
scribed in the constitution of this commonwealth and an oath to support
the constitution of the United States. Such oaths shall be administered,
to a person elected mayor, by a justice of the supreme judicial court, a
judge of a court of record commissioned to hold such court within the



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city or a justice of the peace, and to a person elected or chosen city coun-
cillor or school committeeman, by the mayor or any of the persons au-
thorized to administer said oaths to a person elected mayor.

Sect. 1 1 B. Whenever the mayor is absent from the city or unable from
any cause to perform his duties, and whenever there is a vacancy in the
office of mayor from any cause, the president of the city council, while
such absence, inability or vacancy continues, shall perform the duties of
mayor. If there is no president of the city council or if he also is absent
from the city or unable from any cause to perform such duties, they shall
be performed, until there is a mayor or president of the city council or
the mayor or president of the city council returns or is able to attend
to said duties, by such member of the city council as that body by a vote
which, for the purposes of section seventeen D, shall be deemed to be a
vote electing an official, may elect, and until such elections by the city
clerk. The person upon whom such duties shall devolve shall be called
"acting mayor" and he shall possess the powers of mayor only in matters
not admitting of delay, but shall have no power to make permanent
appointments.

Sect. 12. At the next regular municipal election following the adoption
of Plan A and at every second regular municipal election after a regular
municipal election at which a mayor is elected, a mayor shall be elected
at large to hold office for the four municipal years following the municipal
year in which he is elected and thereafter until his successor is elected and
qualified.

Sect. 13. If a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor within sixteen
weeks prior to a regular municipal election other than a regular municipal
election at which a mayor is elected, or within sixteen months after a
regular municipal election, or if there is a failure to elect a mayor or a
person elected maj'or resigns or dies before taking office, the city council
shall forthwith adopt an order calling a special municipal election for the
purpose of electing at large a mayor for the unexpired term, which election
shall be held on such Tuesday, not less than one hundred and twenty days
nor more than one hundred and forty days after the adoption of such
order, as the city council shall in such order fix. If a vacancy occurs in
the office of the mayor at any other time, a mayor shall be elected at large
at the next regular municipal election to hold office for a term expiring at
ten o'clock in the forenoon on the first Monday of the fourth January
following his election. A person elected maj^or under either of the fore-
going provisions shall take and subscribe the oaths required by section
eleven A as soon as conveniently may be after the issuance to him of his
certificate of election. Such person shall hold office from the time of
taking and subscribing such oaths until the expiration of his term and
thereafter until his successor is elected and quahfied. The provisions of
this section shall not apply if a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor in
the period beginning on the date of a regular municipal election at which
a new mavor is elected and ending at the time he takes office.



CITY CHARTER WITH AMENDMENTS 17

Sect. 13 A. The mayor shall be paid an annual salary of twenty
thousand dollars or such other sum as may from time to time be fixed by
ordinance. The mayor shall not receive for his services any other com-
pensation or emolument whatever; nor shall he hold any other office of
emolument under the city government.

Sect. 14. At the next regular municipal election following the adoption
of Plan A and at every regular municipal election thereafter, there shall
be elected at large nine city councillors, each to hold office for the two
municipal years following the municipal year in which he is elected.

Sect. 15.* If at any time a vacancy occurs in the city council from
any cause, the city clerk shall forthwith notify the city council thereof; and


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